[Mailman-Users] internal server error not covered in readme

Barry A. Warsaw bwarsaw at cnri.reston.va.us
Fri Jan 8 01:22:21 CET 1999

>>>>> "deadgrrrl" ==   <deadgrrrl at enchanted.bloodties.com> writes:

    deadgrrrl> perl 5.005_02

What's Perl? :-)

    deadgrrrl> I get the following error...
    deadgrrrl> Internal Server Error The server encountered an
    deadgrrrl> internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to
    deadgrrrl> complete your request.  Please contact the server
    deadgrrrl> administrator, webmaster at servername.com and inform them
    deadgrrrl> of the time the error occurred, and anything you might
    deadgrrrl> have done that may have caused the error.  Premature
    deadgrrrl> end of script headers: /home/mailman/cgi-bin/admin

Thanks Harald for following up on this.  Yup it should be a FAQ (I'll
probably rename PROBLEMS to FAQ as John M suggests).

The problem is that the gid you compiled into the C wrappers doesn't
match what your Web server is assigning to CGI programs.  The INSTALL
file does talk about this, but it's obviously too obscure because a
*lot* of people have this problem.  I'll work on rewording this.

I will also mention that I've added a kludge to the C wrapper for the
next release, so that you'll get a better error message than this.
Essentially, the wrapper will return some HTML that explains what's
happening, and where to look for solutions.  I'm hoping that this will 
reduce the frequency with which this problem gets reported to the
list.  Those of you who use the CVS tree, I would love to get some
feedback on this.

As to the specific problem,  You're going to want to re-configure
Mailman using the --with-cgi-gid option, rebuild and re-install.

Hope that helps,

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